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Behav Neurosci. 1992 Apr;106(2):380-5.

Role of intrahypothalamic insulin in circadian patterns of food intake, activity, and body temperature.

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Committee on Biopsychology, University of Chicago.


These experiments examined the extent to which chronic intrahypothalamic (IH) insulin infusions that alter circadian patterns of food intake (FI) affect the regulation of other diurnally varying behavior in the rat. One-week IH insulin infusion (1.5 microU/hr) significantly decreases rats' night FI and increases day FI but does not alter the diurnal pattern of activity. Mean daily core temperature increased slightly but significantly during insulin infusion, the daily peak of the body temperature rhythm did not shift significantly, and the daily range of body temperature increased. IH insulin infusion in rats living in constant light and thus without circadian rhythm of FI led to significant decreases in FI and body weight. These data support the conclusion that IH insulin infusion alters food intake and body weight through a specific effect on a neural system that regulates food intake and body weight, and not by altering circadian rhythms.

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